CLAYTON — They were bursting at the seams at Monday’s meeting of the Northmont Board of Education at Northmont Middle School. Students were out in force to learn about local government as part of an assignment for their High School Government classes.
As part of the Waibel Energy Systems/DP&L/EPC Partnership, Northmont was recognized as a district that showed significant cost effectiveness in reduction of utility costs and energy conservation. Dave Crosley of DP&L was on hand at the meeting to present a check to Business Manager Brandon Knecht for $44,814 in addition to the $58,682 in avoided utility costs.
According to Mr. Crosley, Northmont has shown “energy efficiency improvements and conservation measures with no capital requirements.” Mr. Knecht shared with the Board that some of the changes included a “no personal electronics policy, such as mini-fridges, coffee pots, and candle warmers to name a few.”
An additional highlight to the evening was when the Board unanimously approved Mr. Tony Thomas as the next Northmont Superintendent. Dr. Sarah Zatik will be leaving this summer after 6 years in the position and Board President Linda Blum shared that Mr. Thomas will have “big shoes to fill, but Tony invites input and listens intently.
“He leads by example and inspires others to do their best,” Blum said. “He has a proven commitment to the tradition of the ‘Northmont Way’ tradition.”
Student Representative Samantha Johnson gave a report about all the happenings in the buildings around the district:
*Englewood Elementary had a successful Father/Daughter Dance and exercised their right to vote for a school-wide behavior incentive.
*Englewood Hills had a fantastic Spring Festival and a well-attended Donuts with Dads to boost their Watch D.O.G.S. program.
*Kleptz Early Learning Center also had a wonderful Father/Daughter Dance.
*Northmoor had a very good turnout for Grandparents Day.
*Northwood is meeting with the City of Clayton to plan improvements for a local park in their catchment area.
*Union Elementary is beginning swim lessons this week with their 3rd grade students at the YMCA.
*Middle School Science Olympiad team placed 5th in their regional competition and will be heading to State competition at Ohio State University on April 9.
*High School Wind Ensemble performed at the District Large Group contest last week and received the highest possible rating. NJROTC placed first at the Area 3 competition and will be heading to Nationals in Pensacola, Florida.